Live: The Alchemy / AvaGrace / The Machiavellis / RAFFER

Where: The Penny Theatre – Canterbury
When: 25/11/2016
Rating: 4/5

After a few large gigs, it’s time for a small and intimate show at The Penny Theatre in Canterbury. On the bill are a selection of local acts, and opening tonight is RAFFER.

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Image: Drop This / Jasmine Marceau

RAFFER provide a rather unique opening to the night’s proceedings, performing a one-man show and displaying multi-instrumental capabilities. Combining various elements of indie, soul, hip hop and pop, RAFFER’s set has an overall upbeat feel to it. It’s interesting to see how he combines the various instruments on stage into the songs; for example, the first half of a track he may be playing guitar, followed by a short burst of keys. Overall, it’s an interesting set to start the evening.

Next up are The Machiavellis. With a change of tone from the likes of RAFFER, The Machiavellis offer up some melodic grunge with uncharacteristically intricate guitar solos thrown into the mix. The songs are solid, flowing throughout the set, with the grunge overtones easy to feel making for a decent set.

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Image: Drop This / Jasmine Marceau

AvaGrace follow and, by now, the small venue is starting to fill out. Moving away from the melodic grunge to some alternative rock, AvaGrace provide us with something a little heavier and with a bit more energy. A strong set coupled with solid musicianship makes for an enjoyable set from AvaGrace. AvaGrace have had some great support slots in the past, playing shows with Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Know and Dance Gavin Dance. By the end of their set the crowd are moving about to the music and everyone is nicely warmed up, ready for the main event.

The room filled out as The Alchemy were preparing to come on stage. With their signature tube lights on stage the band kicked the room into high gear. As always, The Alchemy were on fine form, with some great musicianship and tight performances. The band blasted through their setlist, which included tracks from the debut E.P. Modern Age, including ‘Blackhole Passenger‘ and ‘Modern Age‘, which have both been played on Scuzz TV this year. Throughout the set everyone was enjoying themselves, singing along to the songs they knew and showing support for this talented band playing a hometown show.

The Alchemy are one of the bands that deliver what you hear on the record, incorporating a selection of electronic elements into the show. It’s always great to hear a band do their best to get their live elements as close to what they’ve recorded as it is a great show of professionalism. We were also treated to a selection of newer songs hinting that there may be some exciting things in the pipeline for The Alchemy. After a 9 song set the whole crowd were cheering for a great local band with a bright future.

All in all it was an enjoyable, intimate gig and great to see people out on a Friday evening supporting local talent.

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